1) Dublin City Bus Tours
Take a tour of Dublin City, taking in all of the sights and sounds of the City, on one of the many Hop-on, Hop-off tours: Dublin City Bus Tours.
2) Day Tours From Dublin
Many of Ireland's most popular sights are within easy travelling distance of Dublin. Why not take a day tour to visit Glendalough, Newgrange, or even Belfast? Day Tours from Dublin.
3) Overnight Tours
Take a multi-day tour and be guided around the many sights that Ireland has to offer: Overnight Tours of Ireland.
A visit to Dublin would not be complete without stopping at one of its famous Pubs. If you're not sure which to visit, then join a guided pub crawl around Dublin City: Dublin Pub Crawls.
5) Suggested Walking Tours
If you'd prefer to go at your own pace, you might like to follow one of our suggested walks around Dublin. You can do them when you like, if you have only a couple of hours in the evening, or an entire day to spare: Suggested Dublin Walking Tour Routes.
6) Guided Walking Tours of Dublin
Pat Liddy's Walking Tours of Dublin offer three guided walking tours of Dublin City. Take a tour and visit Dublin's most popular sights, learn about the history of Dublin, and hear tales and stories of life in Dublin.
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Dublin is served by a single terminal airport approximately 10km north of the city, although a second terminal is proposed. Low cost airline Ryanair flies to Dublin from just about every regional airport in the UK as well as a handful on the European continent, while national flag carrier Aer Lingus flies to Dublin from a large number of European cities and a handful in North America. Due to heavy competition from Ryanair, Aer Lingus has relatively low fares for a national flag carrier and can occasionally have Ryanair-style seat sales. A full list of airlines flying to Dublin, along with timetables, can be found on the Dublin airport website. If you are flying long-haul, you might also consider changing in London as the London-Dublin route is particularly well served with regular flights.
There are three types of bus transport back to the city:
A taxi to the city centre should cost around €25-30 - as such it can be comparable/cheaper than the bus options if you are in a group of three or more (as well as a lot less hassle).
All services to the airport have been adversely affected for the last few years by ongoing tunnel construction on the airport motorway, so it is advisable to leave plenty of time before your flight when returning to the airport.
A metro system connecting Dublin Airport to the city centre is planned for the future, but no work has started on this yet.
Dublin has two main train stations: Heuston, in the west of the city centre, serves much of the west of the country and Cork while Connolly in the north-east centre of the city serves the east coast, Belfast, suburban commuter services, and, oddly, Sligo in the west. The 2 main stations are connected by bus and tram routes. The Luas (as the trams are known locally) runs frequently and reliably and journey time between the stations is around 15 minutes.
The single bus station, Busáras, serves the entire country and is next to Connolly train station. There are however a number of private bus companies operating out of the city centre. Kavanaghs has a good service to Limerick and Waterford. http://www.jjkavanagh.ie Citylink coaches has the best value price to Galway and the West. http://www.citylink.ie
Some ferry services service Dublin port, but more popular is the suburban port of Dún Laoghaire 10km south of Dublin city.
Dublin has the unique distinction of being the only place in Ireland with postcodes, although these only reach double digits. They range from Dublin 1 to Dublin 24; almost always odd numbers are given to the city centre north of the river Liffey, while even numbers are given to areas south of the river, with some slight exceptions in the city centre.
A good online map and journey planner is available from the Dublin Transportation Office. If you zoom in on the map you can get aerial photography of the city.
Public transportation has improved massively over the last few years but is still worse than in other European cities. This is more of a problem for the commuter than the visitor to Dublin, however, as the centre of the city is easily walkable.
A relatively extensive bus service operated by the state controlled Dublin Bus serves the city and its suburbs, right out to the very outer suburbs. However, the route numbering system is highly confusing, with numbers having been issued non-sequentially, suffix letters and alternate destinations, so obtaining a route map from Dublin Bus is essential.
A suburban rail service called the DART runs along the coast between Greystones in the south and Howth and Malahide in the north.
Another light rail service is called the Luas. The first, 'green' line of the new tram system was opened at the end of June 2004 and runs between St. Stephen's Green and Sandyford (city centre to south-east). The second, 'red' line, from Connolly Station to Tallaght, opened on the 4th October 2004 (city centre to south-west). Here is the route map. The Luas is frequent and reliable.
Taxis were recently (2001) deregulated and are relatively easy to come by, although not as easily as in some other European cities. They may be ordered by telephone, at ranks, or just hailed on the street. Point to point trips in the city centre should cost between €4 and €8.
Driving in Dublin is not to be recommended, particularly in the city centre. Traffic is heavy and there is an extensive one-way system explicitly designed to make it very difficult for cars to enter the city centre. There are a large number of bus lanes (buses, taxis, motor and pedal cycles are permitted) the use of which by cars is liable to strict fines. It can be difficult to find parking other than in mulitstorey car parks and the clampers pursue their work with an almost religious zeal. A system of two ring roads around the city has been introduced in recent years, with colour coded signage in purple and blue. Here is the orbital route map.
Dublin has a large student population and is relatively cycle-friendly. Hiring a bicycle would be a handy way to get around if you want to get outside the very centre of the city and are comfortable cycling in traffic.
A carving in the crypt at Christ Church Cathedral
Dublin's main shopping street is the pedestrianised Grafton Street, which runs between St. Stephen's Green and Trinity College. On this street can be found Dublin's most famous (and expensive) department store, Brown Thomas, along with a wide range of clothing shops, jewellers, photo shops, etc.
Alongside the historic Trinity College you will find Nassau Street where there are many shops selling tourist related items such as Waterford Crystal, Belleek Pottery, Aran sweaters and other Irish craft items. Shops to look out for selling these items include House of Ireland, Blarney Woollen Mills and Kilkenny Design.
The Powerscourt Centre, just off Grafton Street, is one of Dublin's most attractive shopping centres, set in a beautifully restored 18th century town house. Here you will find clothes, cafes, galleries and Irish designer jewellers. Beware the overpriced antique dealers, some of whom will drop a price by 50% after only the merest suggestion that you are willing to haggle (and it still may not be a bargain!). For gifts, there is an engraving business based in the centre next to the Bonsai tree shop.
Leaving Powerscourt via the ornate steps on to South William Street, you will find yourself facing a small pedestrianised street called Castle Market, which leads to a covered red-brick shopping arcade known alternatively as the Market Arcade or the George's Street Arcade. This area worth a visit for vintage clothing, fabrics, unusual accessories, vinyl and clubwear, and also features some small cafes.
There is also an extensive shopping area on the Northside of the river, centred on O'Connell Street and Henry Street. Clery's (O'Connell Street), Arnotts (Henry Street) are large department stores each with a long history. Two large shopping centres, The Jervis Centre, and the ILAC, are also on Henry Street. The latter also houses the Central Public Library.
For those for who it just wouldn't be a holiday without hanging out at the mall, there are various shopping centres located around Dublin, including Blanchardstown (39 and 70 bus routes), Liffey Valley, and The Square in Tallaght (red luas to the end of the line). The largest shopping centre in Ireland is the recently opened Dundrum Town Centre, which is served by the Luas tramline from St. Stephen's Green.
Dublin is in no way cheap for general shopping, although visitors from outside the European Union can obtain a refund of VAT (sales tax - 21%) on their purchases. Just look for the refund sign and ask in the shop for details. Keep in mind that most stores will only issue VAT refund vouchers on the same day of purchase.
Dublin has a wide range of good quality restaurants, most of which are, however, horribly overpriced by European standards. Main course prices range from €10 at the lower end up to around €40 at the higher end. Wine in restaurants is generally marked up from its already expensive retail price by a factor of at least two, and three times retail price would not be uncommon.
There are many excellent-value Indian restaurants around the South William Street area, parallel to Grafton Street; these often have particularly good value lunch and 'early bird' deals, offering 3 course meals for around €10. Quality is high - particularly to be recommended are the Khyber Tandoori on South William Street and Shalimar on South Great Georges Street. Also excellent is Surma on Camden Street.
No visit to Dublin would be complete without a visit to one (or ten) of its many pubs. Drink is relatively expensive: a pint of stout costs around €4 and up, while lager costs around €4.50 and up. However, the government gave a tax break to microbrewed beer in the December 2004 budget, this had a slight effect on prices in brewpubs. Pubs are open until 11.30pm during the week, and as late as around 2am on weekends, depending on the pub. Smoking has been illegal in Irish pubs (as well as all indoor workplaces) since March 2004; this has had the positive side effect of increasing al fresco facilities. Beer tends to be more expensive around the Temple Bar area, due to the increased tourist flow, and will be cheaper in more traditional styled pubs.
The Oldest Pub in Ireland is located in Dublin, Ireland. The Brazen Head offers a unique atmosphere for locals and tourists alike. On the weekends, bands will play in the courtyard for the patrons. Van Morrison, the internationally renowned Irish musician, used to play here. The Brazen Head http://www.brazenhead.com/
Temple Bar is located in Dublin and is a mixture of food, drink, shopping and music. It appeals to all ages, but is a hot spot for tourists. The narrow, cobble stoned streets gives it an original feeling within the heart of the city. Its central location also makes it easy to walk to from Dublins Centre.However, late night revellers tend to make it an unpleasant place to be after dark. It can be taken over by drunken stag and boisterous hen parties, many who travvel cheaply from the United Kingdom to avail of Temple Bar's delights!
There are a huge number of youth hostels (mostly around €20 per night in dorm accommodation), bed&breakfasts (around €50 per person), and hotels (€80+). http://www.hostelsworld.com is a good starting point.
Howth cliff walk
To the north, just outside town the peninsula of Howth is very nice for a walk. Just take the bus or DART service out to Howth and walk around the cliffs! The whole tour around takes about 2-3 hours. It is most beautiful in August/September when the heather is colouring the cliffs in red. The King Sitric fish restaurant at the harbour serves freshly caught fish.
Wicklow, within easy reach to the south of Dublin, is known as 'the garden of Ireland' and has good hill walking and some of the most spectacular scenery in the country. The gardens and waterfall of Powerscourt are a popular visit, located near the town of Enniskerry 20km south of Dublin, while the town of Glendalough contains an important monastic settlement.
The Brú na Bóinne megalithic tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth are the most important archaeological sites in Ireland and are listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. The site is located 50km north of Dublin on the banks of the Boyne. Admission to the tombs are paid for at the visitors centre, guided bus tours that include admission to Newgrange are available, from Bus Eireann amongst others. Bus Eireann's tours are booked at the central bus station, Busàras.
There are 'political' day trips  to Belfast. On the way, the bus driver talks about Ireland's history and with emphasis on Belfast. A black cab tour of Belfast is included in the package. Booking can be done at the Dublin Tourist Centre and costs around €30 to €40. The bus leaves Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
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